Andrea is a passionate higher education professional who spent her career paying it forward after being supported and encouraged as a first generation student at her alma mater, Winthrop University. After graduating with a BA in Psychology, Andrea pursued her graduate degree at Ball State University in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education where she learned how to support underserved populations and is thankful to a very wonderful mentor who helped her learn and grow as a new professional. Andrea worked in educational administration for nearly 20 years at both two and four-year public colleges and universities in Texas. In her last campus role, she was a Dean of Student Services. She made a career transition in the summer of 2022 and decided to support students in a new way by providing access to services and resources that sometimes were missing in her experiences on campus. Andrea is the proud mom of a daughter and loves to cook, travel, and learn in her spare time.